July 19 – Summer in Norfolk County means activities like swimming, sunbathing, fishing, and boating, but nothing should take a backseat to safety.


With that in mind, Norfolk County has partnered with sponsor Nova Mutual Insurance and a number of local organizations to present the area’s first ever Safety Carnival.


Created and organized by Norfolk Water Safety Awareness Promoter Taome Muntz-Flowerday, the Carnival is set for July 20 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the open field behind the Simcoe Recreation Centre.


“We are all committed to the safety of our children,” said Muntz-Flowerday. “The purpose of this will be to educate parents and children by promoting sun, water, boat, and public safety, recognizing that there isn’t just one dimension to prevention.


Partnered with Norfolk for the event is the OPP Marine Unit, Search and Rescue Crew, Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit, Norfolk General Hospital, MADD Norfolk, Canadian Safe Boating Counsel, Port Dover Power and Sail Squadron, the South West Ontario Open Water Swim Series, Community Addiction and Mental Health Services of Haldimand and Norfolk and various Norfolk County divisions such as Fire, EMS and the Norfolk County Public Library. The day will feature interactive games for children and displays from participating organizations as well as a visit from “Buckles” the Lifejacket.

“It’s really great to see so many people and organizations joining us,” Muntz-Flowerday said. “It just goes to show just how important these messages are and how committed the community is to making sure people stay safe.”


A free swim at the Annaleaise Carr Aquatic Centre sponsored by Norfolk County will be held from 12-2 p.m.